New York Shack Burger Crackers

Mini Shake Shack inspired cracker burgers are a great game-time snack

Fake Shack Sauce adapted from J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

New York Shack Burger Crackers

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 16 cracker burgers
Active time:25 minutes
Total time:25 minutes
This recipe appears in: Serious Entertaining: NFL Team-Themed Platters (Crackers and Toppings)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 4 slices American cheese, each slice cut into 4 equal squares
  • 16 1-inch pieces butter lettuce
  • 32 crackers, such as Ritz
  • For Sauce:
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1/2 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 2 slices kosher dill pickle
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika
  • Pinch cayenne pepper


  1. 1

    Form beef into 1-inch patties. Heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Add as many patties as can fit without crowding the pan then grill until just cooked through, 1-2 minutes per side.

  2. 2

    Top each cracker with one piece butter lettuce. Top with beef patty, then one teaspoon sauce. Top patty with one piece American cheese, then finish with one cracker.

  3. 3

    To Make Shack Sauce: Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth, scraping down sides of blender with rubber spatula as necessary.

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